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Bachelorette Party Planning

February 27, 2017

Bachelorette Party Planning

Attention bachelorette party planners! If your best friend forever, beloved sister or cherished cousin is planning her trip down the aisle, it’s time for you to start planning the bachelorette party. If the traditional night of bar-hopping isn’t exactly the bride’s style, choose from these alternatives to make it a night to remember.

 

SPA DAY

Does your guest of honor’s entourage span the ages from teen nieces to mothers and grandmothers of the bride? There’s nothing like a day at the spa to unite generations. Call ahead to your favorite local salon or day spa and book services of your choice, whether it be mani-pedis, facials or massages. As a parting gift to the bride, load up this beautiful tote with pampering gifts such as bath salts, candles and shower gel.

WEEKEND GETAWAY

Pack your bags (these Pucci floral cases will do!) and get out of town for a group trip. It doesn’t matter whether you go far or stay near—it’s the company that counts! For a lower-budget getaway, book a nearby hotel with an on-site pool and restaurant and stage a staycation. For a big splurge, pick a destination that’s special to the bride—maybe that’s a road trip to Vegas a la “The Hangover,” a pool party in Palm Springs or a ski trip to Boulder—and get outta town.

GO GOURMET

If your lady wolf pack tends toward the foodie side, sign up for a cooking class together. Check with your local community college, culinary school or kitchen store for options. Be sure to snap pics of everyone in action as well as your final culinary creations, then print your favorite photos to assemble in this Friends Forever album ($3.99) to give to the bride as a keepsake.

RETRO FUN

For a dose of nostalgia, recreate a childhood memory from the bride’s childhood. That might be spending a day at an amusement park, roller rink, laser tag arena or miniature golf course. Follow up the throwback fun with a group dinner or some decidedly grown-up fun, like a round of drinks at a wine bar or karaoke at your favorite local haunt. For a keepsake for the bride from the whole crew, have all each guest add a message or doodle on this autograph frame ($12.99).

Comment below and tell us what other fun ideas you have for a bachelorette party!

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A Gordmans Love Story

January 28, 2017
gordmans love story

Love is in the air at Gordmans in Springfield, Illinois! Sales Associate, Erica met the man of her dreams while working at Gordmans. And from there a Gordmans love story blooms.

gordmans love story

How They Met

4 years ago, while in graduate school, Erica was working as a part time Sales Associate during the holidays. When doing markdowns in the Juniors department she noticed Joseph.  He was a cute guy who kept walking by the Juniors department, who was probably not shopping for Juniors clothing. He approached her and told her she was really beautiful and gave her his contact information.

gordmans love story

Lost Information

Erica didn’t contact him right away. In fact, she thought she lost his contact information. 3 months later she was cleaning and found the business card that Joseph had given her. She took the plunge and called him and they talked for hours. This then lead to a first date. The rest of this love story is history.

Gordmans Love story

The Proposal

Erica and Joseph were going to a friend’s early surprise birthday party. While she was busy with all the details of what to wear he was busy planning a surprise proposal at the end of the night. He was nervous but when it came time to give a toast he got up and started talking about Erica and got down on one knee. She said Yes! And the restaurant cheered them on!

gordmans love story

The Engagement Photos

Since it all began at Gordmans they decided to do their engagement photo session at Gordmans.  This captured how they met and became a truly unique way to set their photos apart from everyone else.

gordmans love story

The Wedding

In full planning mode Erica has most of the plans made for their special day. In fact, a week after the proposal she had the major plans already confirmed. Of course her colors are purple, just like Gordmans! She is adding her own unique touch with DIY projects for centerpieces, glittering the bridesmaid shoes and Joseph is even helping custom design the invitation.

gordmans love story

A big thanks to Erica and Joseph for sharing their story with us!

Photography by Manuel Ortiz Photography